Tika Sumpter Tells Vogue Italia About Her Balenciaga and Fendi Purchases Plus A Look at Balenciaga’s Fall 2011 Collection

Tika Sumpter is rising in the fashion ranks, which is no surprise considering she is a star on one of television’s most fashionable shows in Gossip Girl. She was profiled on Vogue Italia’s Black page, discussing how it felt to sit front row at fashion shows and how her new role has changed her style.

“I’ll be honest, Gossip Girl has opened up a new world. The clothes are crazy. Getting to know so many designers was an exciting thing. Before Gossip Girl, I was dressing to be comfortable. It was a sort of boho chic.” Now Tika is dressing in form-fitting silhouettes and sky-high heels as demonstrated by one of her most recent looks at an Alice + Olivia party.

Two of her most recent purchases were from high-fashion brands, Balenciaga and Fendi: “I recently purchased a pair of Balenciaga trousers that I like very much. And then I bought another pair of Fendi. Right now I’m obsessed with bell-bottom pants”. I love seeing Tika out and about in pants which is something not every woman can pull off. Her obsession with flares is spot on as the 70’s are huge for Spring.

For Fall 2011, Nicolas Ghesquière gave his signature futuristic style a ladylike spin with floral prints and loosely draped hemlines falling below the knee for the utmost in femininity. The collection had a relaxed feel, which isn’t always the case with Balenciaga, usually leaning on the side of eccentricity instead of functionality. His use of leather panels was extremely interesting: on the hems of skirts, on the sleeves and collars of blouses and intricately looped and weaved onto the front of jackets.

“The season is a game of proportion, zooming in on textures, the way seeing things with a loop [a magnifying glass] can give you different, shifting points of view. It’s a bit surrealist.” (Style.com)

It is clear from the collection that colorblocking is in again for the season, but in more subdued shades including Ghesquière’s black, white and gray combinations. I loved that he continued his use of some of my favorite supermodels including Stella Tennant and Liya Kebede.

The accessories were outstanding, in true Balenciaga fashion: sky-high Mary Jane heels with pointy-toes, a plethora of straps (sometimes in exotics skins) and intricate colorful embroidery. The clutches had a bubble texture and were presented in neutral grays and blacks, as well as vibrant prints mimicking those on the ready to wear. Some styles also took on the intricate embroidery of the footwear, evoking an old-world antique style that will look perfect on the red carpet. Overall, it was a sophisticated and smooth collection. I cannot wait to see how the fashionistas interpret it and wear it on the streets.

Visit www.vogue.it for more on Tika Sumpter and www.balenciaga.com for more information. See more looks from the Fall 2011 collection below.

*Images courtesy of Getty and GoRunway.com.

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